Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area
This vertical cavern reminded an early discover-er—perhaps one with a guilty conscience—of the entrance to hell. Hence the diabolical name for a divine place, reached via a serpentine road where ranch gates tick by and glimpses of the Llano River invite you to slow down. Arrange a day tour at the visitor’s center in Rocksprings to ponder the 140-foot-deep collapsed cave at your leisure. Peering over the edge of the viewing platform, you can hear the plink of water droplets far below. It’s that quiet here. From May to October, millions of Brazilian free-tailed bats depart the cave every evening, attracting dozens of onlookers (which passes for a crowd in these parts), but during the day, you’ll likely have the place to yourself.
Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area, 830/683-2287; www.tpwd.state.tx.us.
From the June 2008 issue.